But at least Eric Neiley's spectacular blast, 47 minutes into the Play Off final against Cardiff Devils, was a thing of beauty for Sheffield Steelers' fans to savour.
From the media gallery, it had looked as though Ben Bowns was never going to be beaten.
But Neiley's drive was too hot to handle.
And he was one of the imports who was applauded at the end of the game by coach Paul Thompson.
Better luck next time Steelers - and well done Eric, even if the rest of the the night didn't quite turn out how you'd wanted.